Open Thread, April 29, #Braves vs. Evil

We should brace ourselves for a five-hit, two-homer game from Melvin. Then Jeff Bennett will land with some team, save three games in a series and bean Freeman to put him on the DL for the season. Fuck me up the ass with a pineapple, as a wise or maybe unwise man once said. He didn’t really mean…

The nadir

No matter how depressing this offseason has been, it could be worse, as this walk down memory lane reminds us. The Braves. losers of three straight, were 38-74 entering play on Aug. 10, 1988. A crowd of 6,070 turned out on one crazy summer night to watch Rick Mahler battle Andy Hawkins. A three-run homer by…

Braves more profitable in 2013, yet payroll stays the same

According to to Liberty Media’s quarterly filing with the SEC (h/t Willie Montanez), the Braves reported revenues of $251 million for FY 2013 (through 9/30) with a operating income — the difference between operating revenues and operating expenses — of $52 million. That’s an increase of $21 million from the same period in 2012, when the team…

What will Braves spend their $25 million on?

DOB reports: The Braves’ payroll is likely to rise to about $100 million in 2014, up from approximately $90 million in 2013. That’s right in the middle of the pack of 30 MLB teams. All major league teams will receive about $25 million more annually beginning in 2014 from the new national TV contract. The…

Remembering the day I was a cocky Braves fan

“Congratulations on winning the Series,” my USC classmate, a Yankees fan, told me 17 years ago tonight. The Braves, behind Mad Dog and Wohlers, had just shut out the Yankees  to take a 2-0 series lead with three games to follow at Fulco. It was the last time I felt complete confidence that my team…

Open thread, NLDS Game 3

Here’s the stakes: If the local nine lose tonight the season will hang on the shoulders of Freddy Garcia, and even if he wins the Braves would have to beat the best pitcher in baseball to advance to the NLCS. Fortunately, we have the right pitcher pitcher on the mound. April aside, Julio T. was…

Open thread, Game 2 NLDS

Braves get no hit, lose 18-0. In other news, Chip Caray is inducted into Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame, Mark Owens joins him in the booth, Lee Greenwood sings the National Anthem, Jim Leyritz throws out the first pitch, following the pre-game invocation by new team president Ralph Reed. Go Braves! Heyward cf JUpton rf Freeman…

Open thread, NLDS Game 1

Medlen twirls a classic. Will it be enough? Line-ups haven’t been posted, but I’ll be shocked if it’s not: Jay Hey J-Up Freddie Gattis McCann CJ Simmons EJ

Braves vs. Dodgers: The rivalry that was (’91)

July 7 On June 28 the Braves beat the Dodgers in 10 before 43,000-plus at Fulco, to close within 5.5 games of division-leading L.A. In those days, that was reason for hope. Then the Dodgers won the nightcap and the remaining two games of the series, The two teams met again a week later in…

Braves/Dodgers: The rivalry that was (1983)

I was not among the 48,556 fans at Fulco on August 13, 1983, but I should’ve been. While my parents and a cousin enjoyed the best game of that season from field level seats behind first, I was participating in pious sing-a-longs at a Christian retreat. “God said, to No-ah, there’s gonna be a flood-y, flood-y…

Braves/Dodgers: The rivalry that was (1982)

Though it’s been 20 years since they played in the same division, I still view the Dodgers as one of the Braves’ biggest rivals. They were a reliable draw back in the bad old days, and when the Braves finally righted the ship in 1982 it was the Dodgers who stood in their way. The…

Open thread, 9/29, Braves vs. Jeff Parretts

All year we’ve been taking a look back at the silver anniversary of the worst team in Atlanta Braves history. The ’88 squad finished its season on the road vs. the Reds, three days after losing their home finale to the ‘Stros before 5,789 (which was more than the combined attendance of the first two…

Open thread, 9/28, Braves vs. Wendell Magees

Great news about B-Mac, who might be up to catching a few innings tomorrow, according to DOB. The Cards have already won,, but as long as the Bravos win out they’ll get the top seed. At worst they’ll be seeded second, meaning the local nine will open at home on Thursday. Tonight’s line-up: Heyward 8,…

Open thread, 9/27, Braves vs. Danny Ozarks

Interesting game tonight, as Medlen, the presumptive Game 1 starter, faces a pitcher as good as any the Braves will see in the playoffs (save for Clayton Kershaw). No need to rest anyone, as the Braves will have three days off before the playoffs and the key pitchers in the ‘pen haven’t seen much action…

Post-game thread, 9/26

Sorry about the late thread — feeling sketchy tonight. Feeling worse after hearing the news about McCann’s right abductor strain, which is the same injury that sidelined B.J. earlier in the summer. Hopefully it’s not that serious, but it’s possible we have just seen B-Mac’s last game as a Brave. Which means we’ll have the pleasure…

Open thread, 9/25, Braves vs. George Bambergers

I’ve got nothing, ‘cept to say the Cards won again and are tied with the Bravos for the NL’s best record. Simmons 6, JUpton 9, Freeman 3, Gattis 7, McCann 2, C Johnson 5, EJohnson 4,BUpton 8, Maholm 1

Open thread, 9/24, Braves vs. Billy Jo Robidouxs

I’m not too concerned about the Braves getting home field advantage. It would be nice, but I’d rather play the Cards, whose closer, Edward Mujica, is struggling, than the Reds, who are playing as well as anyone AND have ace Jonny Cueto returning. Mike Leake, whose 3.21 ERA leads the Redlegs, may be the odd…

Open thread, 9/23 NL East champs vs. Larry Sorensens

Not much to say about the ’13 Bravos tonight, so let’s take a look at this day in Braves history: 1987 In a 5-4 victory over the Astros, Albert Hall becomes the first Braves’ player to hit for the cycle since 1910. 1996 Atlanta beats the Expos, 8-2 to clinch the National League East. The…

Number 17

Congrats to the local nine on their 17th division championship. Jayson Werth was asked if considered the Braves or Philadelphia Phillies a bigger threat. Werth, the former Phillie, did not hesitate. “Phillies,” he said. “I think everybody is writing them off. They played good in September, when they were healthy. They’re not going to roll…

Open thread, 9/22, Braves vs. Tyler Houstons

You have to think today will be the day. The Braves get another crack at the Cubs, who start the struggling Edwin Jackson, while the Nats face their second doubleheader in a week. There should be a sense of urgency. Fredi needs to give Avilan and Carpenter rest and Walden more work because if those…